Living In America – First Steps

When you decide to move to the U.S., that will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The change of the environment can be a very stressful situation for you, but more challenges are just ahead of you. If you are still new, you can find many Thai communities that will give you a hand and help you settle faster here. On the contrary, if you want to do things on your own, I have a prepared a list of stuff for you to do, once you get here. After you complete this list, your life will be much easier.

Open a bank account


Unfortunately, not many banks allow you to open a checking account without your social security number. But, there is one band which will help you out, it’s an Agonne Abri Credit Union. However, once you obtain a social security number, you need to submit it to the bank.

Apply for social security number

Before you can apply for SSN, you need to be in the U.S. for ten days. The paperwork you will need is your passport, visa, and ID. For more documents, you can always visit a website of Social Security Administration and see what else you will need to submit.

Find an apartment

Depending on your preferences and the state where you want to live, you can choose to rent an apartment, or you can rent a house. Before you make a final decision, you need to know what are you paying for, what is included in the price and what are your obligations. You can use various online websites to check out the locations, or you can hire a real estate agent. When you move to new home, make sure to turn all the utilities, such as water, gas, cable, internet, and phone.

Get driver’s license and ID

Once you have an SSN, you can easily get a driver’s license and ID, for more information you can visit the website of the Department of Motor Vehicles for more details.

Getting a car

AmericaIf you are staying in the U.S., a car is one of the essential things you will need. To get a car, you will need a driving license. A loan would be a good solution, but since you are an immigrant, it will be hard to get one, since every bank will check your credit history. In this case, Agonne Abri Credit Union will be able to help you again. It is recommended to buy an I – pass because your tolling costs will be 50% lower.

Finding a job

Your possibilities are vast here; you can have several part – time jobs until you find a well – paid full – time job.